Sunday, May 23, 2021 / 05.45AM /
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As part of its drive for improving Agribusiness in Nigeria, Corporate Farmers International in partnership with Lagos and Kebbi states launched 3 platforms to transform the sector. Prince Ade Ajayi Co-Founder of the organisation in his opening remarks said the COVID 19 pandemic opened opportunities for digitalization in the Agric sector.
According to him "Farmers and investors across the sector make mistakes because of the dearth in knowledge in investments and agro-practices".
He said the launch of the platforms would rebrand agriculture as an attractive and innovative sector in Nigeria with the products E-learning platform, Eko School Agric, and Farmers Support Service.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture in Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji, described the partnership with Corporate Farmers as strategic because the state is the most populous in Nigeria.
With the need for food security and large-scale agro production, Adeniji believed the platforms of CFI would support the Lagos 5 year roadmap for the state's agriculture sector.
He said the time had come for tech-savvy farmers in the country to become principal actors in the sector and commended CFI for introducing innovative products.
The Kebbi State Lagos Liaison Officer, Mr. Tukur Mohammed, said the state located in the North-West region had vast arable land for agriculture and has committed large resources under the administration of Governor Atiku Bagudu to boosting agro-production in the area of rice and tomato.
He commended the efforts of CFI and believed that the innovative platforms will increase awareness for farmers in Kebbi and improve their techniques and practices.
Speaking further on the initiatives Mr. Akin Alabi a Co-Founder, Corporate Farmers International provided further insight on the products it introduced.
For the agric e-learning academy platform, he said it was designed for closing the gap in agric education through digitalization, by educating Nigerians on innovative agro-practices.
The second platform, Eko School Agric according to Alabi was a comic book series for children, teenagers, and lovers of comics in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture. It was designed to educate children, catch them young, and explain to them where their food comes from.
On the third platform "Farm Support Service" he said it was designed to support Nigeria's extension services by providing a weekly digital service for farmers and agro-starters through dedicated mobile numbers accessible anywhere in Nigeria.